Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Ax-Ready" gov't programs vs. 0bama's "Shovel-Ready"

An Open Letter to the United States Congress and President-elect Obama: Instead of "Shovel-Ready" Spending, Focus on "Ax-Ready" Waste

NTU Excerpt:

In the interest of fostering a rational debate over Washington's priorities, both the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) maintain extensive lists of programs that could be cut and legislation that would reduce spending. We target programs that are either ineffective or duplicative, as well as activities best left to state and local governments or the private sector.

CCAGW's research arm, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), released "Prime Cuts 2009" this week, a database containing 700 spending cut recommendations across the entire federal budget totaling $1.9 trillion over five years. It includes the elimination of duplicative and inefficient ventures such as the Market Access Program, which is funneling $231 million over five years to some of the largest and most profitable American companies for advertising abroad. "Prime Cuts" also makes tough calls, like canceling the NASA Mars Initiative, saving $11.5 billion over five years. It is available from CAGW staff or at
Big Rattler says, "Let's get a grip on the ax, not the shovel."

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